Păun and Anca Nedelcu
FRAMEWORKS OF CHANGE
They represent a grid that allows the educational institutions
to regard change from various perspectives. These frameworks are not
answers, they represent an instrument that helps the staff to clarify
any questions related to the changes they are face with.
- The purpose framework refers
to the meaning attached by people to an effort made in order to promote
change. It involves investigating the purpose of that change and its
sources and formulates the essential question, namely if for students
change implies a positive modification.
- The structural framework refers to time
and space, to roles and responsibilities – the way in which
people are held together or apart. The cultures do not exist in void;
they are built on temporal and spatial structures and it is these
structures that shape the relations.
- The cultural framework refers to the relationships established
within an educational institution and to the way in which various
cultures influence their problem-solving capacity. This framework
makes the institutions to analyze the content and the form of their
- The emotional framework refers to feelings
– to understanding the others, to create an environment that
generates positive emotions and to know how to cope with or to avoid
negative emotions. Teaching and learning are activities with a high
- The political framework refers to power
and the way in which power is distributed within the institution.
Power can be found all over the educational spectrum. Teachers exert
power over students, administrators exert their power over teachers
and the smartest teacher knows how to manipulate, how to “hobnob”
with the administrators. Politics mean gaining and using power and
influence. In the worst-case scenario, the micro-political environments
can cause an institution to become dysfunctional. In the best-case
scenario, they can interact in a positive manner in order to help
the evolution and development of the organization.
- Leadership framework refers both to the
formal and informal leaders, to the way in which they facilitate the
organizational development, the teaching – learning process
and also the institutional relationships that promote the organizational
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